If a lower-midcarder unexpectedly won the Rumble, would it be bad or good for WWE?
For example, Stardust enters at number twentysomething, eliminates Reigns for the win, then holds the title until Mania. What would that do to the ratings? Smarks ask for unpredictability all the time, right?
Probably not Stardust, but it's the sort of thing they could do with a cowardly heel they wanted to push. Put the strap on him and have Reigns chase the title until a no-DQ match at WM.
They'd need to be very confident in whoever gets the nod, but with all those injuries it's not unthinkable that something radical gets tried.
> I post online about wrestling BUT I'M NOT A SMARK DAMMIT
>as the lower mid-carder would have no experience at being the top guy.
How does one become an experienced top guy without being one already?
>yfw Cody can't revert back to his normal self because Dusty liked Stardust more
>Cody was red hot
>Didn't win MiTB off of Sandow
> didn't get the big tweener Mania feud against Goldust to use as a launching pad for a main event tun
>Takes a DOA gimmick and turns it into something amazing
>STILL doesn't get th big push, the opportunity is now gone
Has anyone been fucked over in this era more than Cody and Dolph?
Santino should have fucking won in 2011.
I don't care if he was a comedy character. I don't care if he would have lost at WM. I don't even care if the night after winning, he would have somehow foolishly put his WM spot on the line in a match against Del Rio and lost it. He still should have won the actual damn Rumble. That fucking crowd was ready for that miracle moment. MY BODY WAS FUCKING READY FOR THAT BIG-ASS POP HE WOULD'VE GOTTEN.
They can have Miz win the WWE title but they can't let Santino win the damn Rumble?!
You kids actually pretend these are sporting events whose outcome isn't predetermined? I thought the whole point of it be WWE now and the end of kayfabe is that you idiots would stop pretending it was real and just appreciate it as a dance show.
There's no make-believe about the results here. We're speculating on what would make for good booking. If you want to chide idiots for buying into kayfabe after the industry has been exposed, go troll some fans of cricket or Italian football.
I would mark so fucking hard.
And I don't think I'd be the only one either, remember the crowd going mental for his title match against Seth?
Sandow was over as a heel right up until his burial by Cena. they completely destroyed his character and run just to have Cena squash him on raw for no reason. every other wrestler in the history of the briefcase has waited until the champ is injured and vulnerable to cash in. so they have the intellectual savior, who's whole gimmick at the time was that he was smarter than everyone else, casually walk down the ramp and challenge well rested super cena straight up? makes sense. thanks creative. how much do you want to be cena whined backstage to get it to go down like that?
Smarts were hot on him but otherwise he was just like any other hf decent mid carder back then, yes Rhodes Scholars got him over but he was only feeding off of Rhodes. when they finally broke and had their feud Rhodes was definitely the over one in the feud and why they never had Rhodes convince him to put the briefcase on the line in their blow off ill never know.
Is it so hard to believe that Cody & Sandow got each other over? The whole being greater than the sum of their parts?
They never had a blow-off because Cody got "fired" and then came back to team with Goldust.
>never had a blow off
It happened at Summerslam ffs. It was the perfect place for Rhodes to get Mitb and push upwards.
1) I'm talking about what /should/ have happened. That the feud cleanly ended there with Rhodes becoming Mitb
2) It essentially was the blow off since the feud didn't go anywhere from there and they went on to squander one of the few genuine naturally-occuring potential main eventers in years.
It's almost like WWE dumped a bunch of icewater on Sandow by not having him do fucking anything
> lost on Battleground pre-show
> won on HIAC pre-show
> didn't work Survivor Series
Can't imagine why he didn't maintain any heat.
He lost it the moment Rhodes Scholar broke up is the fucking point. The feud was always "Cody's feud" because Cody was the over one. More reason why he should have taken the briefcase.
Literally the only reason I can think of for them wasting the briefcase is because they were the unifying the titles and since that briefcase was for the WHC they felt it was cleaner to just remove it from the picture.
Sandow's up there considering the moment he was the most over with the Mizdow gimmick, got shafted the chance at winning the andre battle royal because "LOLBIGSHOW" then had the gimmick taken away from him to be put into some weird "I'm macho man now" was stuck into that weird metapowers gimmick with Axel...then the whole gawker controversy happened and now Sandow is literally nowhere to be seen, because apparently a macho man rehash gimmick can't exist with out a shitty hogan rehash gimmick either. like somehow Hulk Hogan buried someone who has literally never shared a ring moment with them, it's absolutely unreal
Honestly shit would have been more interesting if it had been kept as the one "wild card' it's not like it wouldn't have made narraitve sense for the mitb to still be applicable to the unified championships since at the time both physical belts were representing the championship at the time, just have Sandow float around menacingly with that briefcase like every heel does when they have the mitb briefcase, then Daniel bryan wins at mania 30, the next night on raw you activate a feud between the two of them where Sandow sqays he's cashing in at a ppv for those belts. Bam both smark guys get a main event match at a ppv either can win, everyones happy.